No Bake Mermaid Cheesecake made with No food dye and 100% natural color from Blue Matcha powder.
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I’m not normally one to do cute little desserts and holiday thingys. But, I do love blue foods! And, well, who doesn’t love a unicorn or mermaid dessert, just for fun now and then!
I saw this blue matcha powder at The Big Man’s world and his Blue Matcha Coconut Bars, which sound amazing (as do all of his recipes)!
So I set about to create a fun and easy mermaid-inspired dessert to share with you. Since I wanted the dessert to be easy I thought about my No-Bake Espresso Cheesecake Bites. Perfect! Change them up a bit and we have a delicious easy fun ocean going mermaid dessert.
And I do love that this blue isn’t a blue food coloring chemical.
So what makes the cheesecake blue?
It’s made with a tablespoon of Blue Matcha powder. You can find it here on Amazon. Blue matcha powder is ground up Butterfly Pea Flowers (Clitoria ternatea). They’re a pretty blue color and often used for tea.
Blue Matcha powder’s benefits:
It has lots going for it. Besides being creamy and nice in tea, it’s vegan, is 100% natural, has no caffeine, no lactose, and is naturally gluten-free.
How should I use my Blue Matcha powder?
- Just like green macha powder, blue matcha powder makes great tea
- Make a beautiful latte with delicious blue milk foam on top
- Try adding some of the powder to these recipes for that fun mermaid kick:
- Blue ice cream
- Add it to the icing on top of my peach cobbler cookies
- Toss a teaspoon or two into my Coconut Bars for Mermaid bars
- Create fun cocktails with blue matcha, like adding some to my coconut cocktail for a pretty blue cocktail
- Try some in my Coconut Peach Frost to see what color you get
- Add some to your morning oatmeal, like my Peaches n’ cream oatmeal
- Add it to the filling of these Oatmeal lemon bars for a pretty colored center
Will the powder make my foods taste different?
Blue Matcha powder has no flavor. I admit, I was a bit skeptical of this. But it’s true. I’ve put the powder in lots of things now, and it just adds a bit of creaminess and that pretty blue color, no flavor.
No Bake Mermaid Cheesecake Notes
I wanted the crust of the mermaid cheesecake to look like the sandy ocean bottom so I used a light colored elf-made store bought cookie with no nuts. You can use whatever kind of shortbread cookie you like most. Or, use graham crackers. If you went with graham cracker crumbs you wouldn’t even have to crush them yourself (a great time-saver). After you crush the cookies or if you use already made crumbs, it’ll measure out to about 2 cups.
Use butter or use coconut oil for the crust. Both work well. Both taste great. I always have coconut oil in my fridge, but I don’t always have butter. So I like the option to use whichever you have.
I always prefer hand held kitchen appliances like a hand mixer over a stand mixer. But, you can totally use a stand mixer if you prefer. My stand mixer is huge and I rarely ever take it out.
Equipment and specialty ingredients:
- Blue matcha powder
- Springform pan
- Hand mixer
- Blue pearl sprinkles
- Green pearl sprinkles
- Garnish with edible chocolate sea rocks as well
No Bake Mermaid Cheesecake Recipe
No Bake Mermaid Cheesecake
For the crust:
Place shortbread cookies in the bowl of a food processor, and whirl until they turn into fine crumbs of equal size. In a medium bowl, combine the cookie crumbs and butter, stirring until well combined. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Refrigerate until the filling is ready.
For the filling:
In a large bowl, using an electric hand held mixer or an electric stand mixer, mix the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt until smooth, about 2-3 minutes. Add the sour cream and cream, and continue to mix until the mixture is thickened about, 4-5 minutes. Add the blue matcha powder and gently mix in.
- Spread the filling evenly over the prepared crust, and make swirls at the top to mimic waves. Sprinkle with blue and green pearls. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.